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CalBio, MT-Energie and SMUD Partner on New Dairy Digester in Galt

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California Bioenergy (CalBio) and technology partner MT-Energie have developed a new advanced dairy digester facility at New Hope Dairy in Galt, California. Manure from the 1200 cow operation will produce approximately 450 KW of electricity for both on-farm use and interconnection to the SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District) grid. German firm MT-Energie built the New Hope facility with technology developed and long used in Europe.

SMUD board President Bill Slaton stated that anaerobic digester biogas has become a vital part of the utility’s energy portfolio. About 27 percent of SMUD’s total energy supply comes from renewable sources. “It’s a hedge against costly peak-hour power,” Slaton said. The New Hope generator produces energy that SMUD will use during the peak hours of 4 to 7 p.m.

“This should be the first of 100 projects. We’re the No. 1 dairy state in the country. We should be the No. 1 dairy digesting state,” said Julia Levin, Executive Director of the Bioenergy Association of California.

Argus Air Daily Interview with Julia Levin

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Argus Air Daily provides pricing, news and analysis for the North American environmental markets. The daily report includes detailed coverage of the California carbon markets, renewable energy certificate (REC) markets, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) CO2 market and US SOand NOx markets.

This October, 2013 issue contains an interview with Julia Levin, Executive Director of the BAC, on the part biomethane can play in reducing GHG emissions in California. The Q&A interview clarifies issues regarding biomethane and California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, biomethane capacity in the State, and biomethane’s role in meeting California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).

 

Watershed Center receives USDA Grant to Increase Forest Bioenergy

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a partnership agreement to expand wood energy use, which will help improve the safety and health of our nation’s forests. The new partnership includes USDA, the Alliance for Green Heat, the Biomass Power Association, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, and the Pellet Fuels Institute.

Today’s announcements will help us find innovative ways to use leftover wood to create renewable energy and support good jobs in rural America,” Vilsack said. “Wood to Energy efforts are a part of our ‘all of the above’ energy strategy. Appropriately scaled wood energy facilities also support our efforts to remove hazardous fuels and reduce the risks of catastrophic wildfires.

BAC member, The Watershed Research & Training Center, in Hayfork, California, was one of only 5 grant recipients in the nation. Under the terms of the grants announced today, The Watershed Center will coordinate collaborative efforts of private, state and federal organizations to stimulate the development of wood energy projects in their states.

Golden Opportunities for Bioenergy Development in California

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Biocycle article authored by BAC Executive Director Julia Levin on California’s bioenergy development, and the leadership shown by the bioenergy industry, the new Bioenergy Association of California, and California’s new policy directive, the Bioenergy Action Plan.

California can be a tough place to do business, but a number of new policies are in place to make it easier to develop bioenergy projects. In 2012, the state adopted a new Bioenergy Action Plan and passed several laws to promote electricity and biogas production from organic waste. With pending legislation on organics diversion and new incentives for bioenergy, California is poised for explosive growth in the industry. The Bioenergy Association of California (BAC) was recently launched to help shape and promote these policies to grow the industry and maximize bioenergy’s many benefits.

Sacramento Business Journal Announces Launch of BAC

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The launch of the Bioenergy Association of California was announced in February, 2013 by the Sacramento Business Journal

An association formed to promote bioenergy generation in California is set to launch at a reception at the Sutter Club in Sacramento, set from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. “Bioenergy is creating jobs and economic development while producing renewable energy for homes and businesses, and renewable fuels for motor vehicles,” Neil Black, president of California Bioenergy LLC (CalBio) and chairman of the BAC board, said in a news release. “It also protects public health and safety by reducing landfill waste, wildfire risks and greenhouse gas emissions, and can significantly reduce air and water pollution.” The organization aims to promote community-scale bioenergy generation from organic waste sources through policy advocacy, public education and outreach and research and communication of industry best practices. Bioenergy includes electricity, biogas, renewable liquid fuels and combined heat and power.

BioCycle Announces the Launch of BAC

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The launch of the Bioenergy Association of California was announced in January, 2013 by BioCycle magazine.

The Bioenergy Association of California (BAC) is a new association to promote sustainable bioenergy production in the state. Its renewable energy “umbrella” includes electricity, biogas, renewable liquid fuels, combined heat and power, and other energy generated from organic waste. “BAC is focused on promoting community-scale bioenergy generation from organic waste sources, including dairy and agricultural waste, food and food processing wastes, other organic urban wastes, wastewater treatment, forest biomass and water treatment gas and wastes,” explains Julia Levin, Executive Director.

“We are advocating for legislation and regulatory policies such as feed-in tariffs, utility purchase requirements (SB 1122), funding programs such as EPIC and AB 118, and more. BAC will also be an active participant in proceedings on pipeline biogas, renewable transportation fuels, greenhouse gas reduction (AB 32) and other issues affecting the industry.”